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13 indie Vegas shops worth leaving the strip for

While many Angelenos escape to Las Vegas for its unmatched nightlife or to take their chances at the slot machines, fewer may realize the city is also a thriving shopping destination. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind vintage item, a memorable gift for a loved one or some fun home decor, there are many indie shops worth venturing off the Strip for.

Take for instance, Fruition, which was one of the desert town’s first vintage streetwear and luxury shops when it opened in 2005. Located less than a mile from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, its clientele has included celebrities like M.I.A., Kid Cudi and Kanye West. (This location is currently under construction and is open by appointment only, but you can check out the Green Valley location, which opened in September.) Or newcomer Fergusons Downtown, a formerly abandoned lot that turned into a thriving shopping and entertainment center featuring local artisans, including one store owner who’s just 16 years old. And though some of the shops I frequented while growing up in Vegas are no longer around — I still miss streetwear destinations KNYEW and Stussy — you can get your fashion fix at places like On the Arm and Waves Las Vegas.

Here are 13 great shops to check out. And don’t worry, most of them are just a few miles from the Strip, so you won’t have to trek too far from your hotel.

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Pretty Done

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Driving around Las Vegas, especially in the downtown area, you’re bound to see the art of Adam Rellah, who goes by the name Pretty Done. An Ohio native who’s lived in Vegas for more than a decade, he’s known for creating eye-catching murals, filled with intricate linework, an array of playful characters and bright colors, all of which make you smile.

Last year, Rellah opened a whimsical bricks-and-mortar store. Fans can make an appointment online to shop a stacked collection of original paintings and fun goods, including clothing (T-shirts, pants, sweaters, windbreakers, jackets and hats), mugs, drink coasters, rugs, tote bags and dog bowls . (You will receive the address to Pretty Done once you make an appointment.) Rellah also sells repurposed, vintage neon light signs and acrylic mirrors of various designs, including a Jordan 1 sneaker, a giraffe and a pair of lips. (I bought a neon sign that says “club” in bright blue letters.) Bring in a photo of your dog and Rellah can make you a customized art piece.

Pretty Done studios also hosts classes, where you can learn to paint like Rellah or showcase your own style on a canvas, skateboard, bear figurine or even disco ball. The class is free — just pay for the items you paint. If you want to continue working on your art skills at home, you can purchase some of Rellah’s custom markers and paints, which range from $40 to $70. The workshops are perfect for a date night, friend hang or a solo adventure when you want to tap into your creativity and inner child.
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Tofu Tees

Clothing store
I first met Kumei Norwood when she was 9 and had just started a T-shirt line called Tofu Tees. Back then, she was selling T-shirts embossed with her jolly designs and thought-provoking messages. (One drawing shows an herbivore dinosaur with the word “vegetarian”; another displays the phrase “Why Are Peepl So Sensitiv?” — a shirt I still have to this day.)

Fast-forward to today and Norwood, now 16, owns a physical store with the same name. It’s located at the blossoming Fergusons Downtown center, a lively space with a bar, coffee shop and an array of shops by local makers, housed in the former Fergusons Motel.

Stepping inside the jovial shop triggers an immediate dopamine rush. There are pastel-colored paintings of emojis on the walls, a turf-like rug filled with brightly colored flowers and dancing disco balls. You’ll find T-shirts and bags with sayings like “Racism is trash,” “Social issues are not trends,” “Self-care isn’t scary” (with an illustration of an adorable ghost) and Norwood’s signature phrase, “Why Are Peepl So Sensitiv?” Also on the shelves: vintage clothes, Squishmallows, candles with sayings like “Black Lives Still Matter” and “Smells Like Reproductive Rights,” stickers, pins, handmade hair clips and jewelry.

Near the front of the store, there’s a kids’ book section as well as Japanese treats like Hello Panda cookies and Pocky. In the refrigerator, which has the words “Expired Tofu” painted on the front, Norwood houses discounted items and mystery boxes. (I smiled when I saw the 2017 article I wrote about her framed inside the shop.) Each time you make a purchase, you’ll receive a free token to play the claw machine, which is filled with mini Squishmallows.

On most days, Norwood’s mom, Tiarre, is holding down the shop, so if you’re hoping to meet the impressive artist on a weekday, you’ll have to wait until she gets out of school — or visit on a weekend. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.
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Speakeasy Candle Co.

Candle store
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite cocktail might smell like as a candle, stop by Speakeasy Candle Co.

Located about 10 miles from the Strip at UnCommons, the luxury candle store has a delightful surprise: Behind a wall, there’s a bar and workshop area where owner Alisha Alexander hosts candle-making classes, paired with cocktails.

Candle scents include Old-Fashioned, Gin and Tonic, Rosé, Hemingway Daiquiri, Blood Orange Margarita, Bee’s Knees, Haute Toddy and Vegas Sidecar (my favorite, with notes of smoked cognac, chocolate bitters and clove). All of the candles are plant-based, made with soy- and coconut-based waxes, which burn longer than synthetic wax candles, Alexander says. She uses high-quality essential oils to make them.

The candles come in multiple sizes, including a 7-ounce paint can ($30), a 3.5-ounce travel-size tin ($20), a 7-ounce gold tin ($32) and an 11-ounce glass container ($52) that’s refillable for half-price. Speakeasy Candle Co. also sells gift sets as well as a signature matchbox and a wick trimmer and candle snuffer set.

Open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. on Friday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Mike's Recovery

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The fresh scent of essential oils, along with a gorgeous white bathtub brimming with pothos and other lush plants, is what first drew me into Mike Recovery’s in Fergusons Downtown. As I walked into the shop, I became more intrigued by the colorful mural on the wall, which displays a person lying in a tub while holding a dumbbell in their hand. The genesis of this captivating logo? Store owner Michael Buckham simply loves taking baths. He explains that in his home country of Wales, they say baths cleanse the soul, and he wants other people to indulge in them too. He also strives to debunk the myth that bathing isn’t masculine.

Buckham, who worked in the spa industry and has been studying aromatherapy for 30 years, makes everything that’s sold at the shop, including body scrubs, massage and body oils, mineral soaks, cleaning solutions, skincare products (his bestselling product is a facial cleanser) and balms. Near the front of the store is a table with essential oil blends and a card that describes the benefits of each. For example, there’s one called Rest (petitgrain, frankincense and clary sage), which is perfect for when you’re in need of a hug. Maggie’s Blend (blood orange, geranium and star anise) is great for boosting your mood, while Mike’s Blend (rosewood, cardamom and tangerine) can help you concentrate when you’re feeling disconnected. Buckham, who has an effortless calming energy and a memorable accent, encourages customers to take their time and smell each one. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

A few steps away from Mike’s Recovery is another shop that’s meant to make you feel better, Krystal Kartel, which specializes in crystals, jewelry and other metaphysical products. On Wednesdays, the shop offers oracle readings.
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Akin Cooperative

Clothing store
Supporting small businesses and local makers has always been at the center of Jen Taler’s ethos. It’s why she launched Market in the Alley in 2017 and Fergusons Downtown in 2019 — and her store, Akin Cooperative, is no different.

The lifestyle shop, decked with desert landscape decor such as plants and wooden cactus sculptures, carries products from about 50 artisans and brands, a majority of which are based in Nevada. You’ll find natural soap that almost looks like artwork from Darla’s Soap, refillable candles from Akouo, CBD prerolls from Alchemy Within and quirky earrings from Wuve Jewelry. There’s also an array of clothing, throw pillows, haircare products and charming plant holders. It’s the perfect place to purchase a gift for someone — and find something cute for yourself as well. The best part, though, is that you can sip on natural wine or beer at an in-store bar while you shop. Akin Cooperative hosts tastings inside the store, which you can learn more about on its Instagram page.

Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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Antique Alley Mall

Antique Store
There’s a healthy number of antique shops in Las Vegas, but one truly worth checking out during your next visit is the Antique Alley Mall on Main Street. Antique lovers, vintage collectors and casual shoppers can easily spend a few hours in this 12,000-square-foot treasure trove that’s bustling with more than 65 vendors who sell items from various styles and time periods, including western, Victorian, midcentury and Hollywood Regency. Whenever I’m in the area — typically at the neighboring Makers and Finders coffee shop — I like to stop by the mall to see what gems and fun trinkets are in stock.

On a recent visit, I spotted several ashtrays and shot glasses from historic — and now extinct — Vegas hotels, Beanie Babies, vintage lamps from the mid-1900s and signed photographs of celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen. One fun standout: a $9,500 item called “Zechariah the Zebra on Stand,” which somehow looks exactly like it sounds. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
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Feature

Clothing store
Remember when Toms — the slip-on shoe brand with the “buy one, donate one” business model — were popular? While most mall retailers carried only limited colorways, I used to pride myself on finding the more niche and cooler designs — my favorite was a cream crochet pair — at a store called Feature. The luxury streetwear boutique, which Ajay Bouri and EJ Luera opened in 2010, also carried several other popular sneaker brands, including Nike and Jordan at the time, and quickly became one of my favorite spots to pick up new kicks.

Nearly 15 years later, my personal style has certainly evolved (thank goodness) and so has Feature’s collection and stores. With brands like Comme des Gar?ons Play, Casablanca, Fear of God and Bathing Ape, Feature has become the go-to stop for locals, tourists and celebrities alike. In addition to the flagship store in Chinatown, there’s a second location at the Wynn resort, along with a shop in Scottsdale, Ariz., and another in Calabasas.

Inside the Vegas Chinatown location, there’s a turf wall panel with a red neon sign that reads “Feature” near the entrance. As you walk to your left, you’ll see the iconic sneaker tunnel, illuminated with bright lights that almost make the shoes look like artwork. Continue walking until you reach a broader shopping area, which has kids’ streetwear clothing, a wall of sunglasses and other accessories, and more racks of high-end men’s apparel. Then make your way up the stairs, where you’ll find even more clothing. On a recent visit, I even spotted a few Los Angeles-based brands, including Bueno and Little Africa.
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The Writer’s Block

Book Store
Located just half a mile from Downtown Container Park is the Writer’s Block, a magical independent bookstore that also has a coffee shop and artificial bird sanctuary — yes, you read that correctly.

When you walk inside, you’ll see a huge birdcage that houses the register, where you can order coffee, smoothies, tea and pastries. Continue strolling until you see a sign that welcomes you to the bookstore and artificial bird sanctuary, which is adorned with street lights, artificial plants, rainbow kites and an array of birds, including parrots, bluebirds and owls — all of which makes you feel like you’ve been plopped into a storybook. As you look through the bookshelves, you’ll also see ”autobirdographies,” which tell you the fictional names of some of the birds and what their lifestyles are like. Several birdhouses line the walls and there’s a sign that reads “Declaration of Artificial Bird Adoption” near the register. I came across a real-life animal, a bunny named the Baron, in the young-adult section.

The Writer’s Block has a wide collection of books — nature (of course), true crime, contemporary nonfiction, fantasy, fiction, history and more. The shop also runs a young writer’s workshop for students ages 5 to 18.
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Waves Las Vegas

Vintage Store
If you’re looking to buy, sell or trade rare and vintage streetwear clothing, sneakers and accessories, then you need to hit up Waves Las Vegas. Brothers Jorge and Jose Angeles, who have been thrifting since they were teens, opened the shop in 2017 when their own collections had grown too large.

Waves, which is located near the Arts District, sells brands like Supreme, Polo, Carhartt, Yeezy, Nike and Jordan, along with graphic T-shirts from the 1980s. The vast shop, which features a wall with vinyl record covers near the entrance, also has a rack with affordable pieces including basketball jerseys and T-shirts. There’s also an illuminated wall with sneakers and a glass case filled with repurposed Gucci key chains, wallets and lighters. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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The Honeypot

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Next door to Waves Las Vegas is the Honeypot, which is a crystal lover’s dream come true. In fact, when one man stepped inside the 5,000-square-foot shop, he said, “Wow, my mom would lose her f— s— in here.”

The Honeypot, one of the largest crystal and rock shops in the city, specializes in crystals, jewelry, metaphysical products, tarot cards, books and more. Among the diverse collection of crystals are ocean jasper, strawberry quartz, rhodonite and pyrite, each featuring a card that explains its benefits. Near the front of the shop, there’s an enormous smoky quartz crystal on a stand, which weighs roughly 1,500 pounds and costs $20,000. You can also find plants, jewelry and books on witchcraft and spirituality here.

If you leave a review and follow the Honeypot’s social media page, you can spin a wheel to receive a free item — perhaps a dreamcatcher, a candle or 25% off.
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Fresa’s Skate Shop

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It’s hard to walk past Fresa’s Skate Shop without being pulled inside. The store’s groovy logo is painted across the building in bright pink and yellow, the window is filled with eye-catching roller skates and there’s a large skating rink inside.

Amanda Quintanilla, known to her family and friends as Fresa, opened the shop in 2022 in the downtown Arts District to give locals access to roller skates and equipment. Fresa’s carries a wide selection of wheels, ranging from inline skates to derby skates and quad skates. There’s also a small skateboard section, along with merchandise such as high socks in various designs and colors and brightly colored shoestrings. Skaters can find everything they need for upkeep as well, including elbow and knee pads, helmets and wheels.

On the left side of Fresa’s, there’s a skate ramp — roller skaters and skateboarders can actually ride it for $15 per hour. The shop also rents skates ($25 per hour), which you can ride inside or outside.

Open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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Mama Sage

Gift Store
Housed at Downtown Container Park is Mama Sage — a “vibey little shop,” as a sign reads — that sells an array of lifestyle goods and gifts. Founder Ericka Gonzalez has filled the store with disco balls and wavy art murals, as she has “always loved little trinkets.” Here, you can find everything from a candle with Beyoncé’s face to a coloring book filled with scenes and characters from “The Office” and hair clips that say “Bad Bitch.” Some of my favorite discoveries were key chains with messages like “Concert money” and “Thrifting money,” as well as candles that look like real food, including a baguette and corn. If you’re buying a gift, you can place it inside one of the bags sold at Mama Sage, which have phrases like “Birthday Baddie” and “Born to be Wild.”

Just a short walk away from Mama Sage is KRP Boutique, which sells flashy clothing and accessories, including a purse that looks like thread, a bedazzled bag that looks like a bustier top and a silver clutch that looks like a human butt. The boutique also makes custom T-shirts on certain days of the week.

Mama Sage is open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
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Retro Cowgirl

Clothing store
Located on the second floor at Downtown Container Park — the entertainment and shopping center where a 40-foot-tall praying mantis blows out flames nearly every night — is a lively store known as Retro Cowgirl. Just about everything inside the shop, which features a mural of a woman named Vera who looks like she’s just escaped an alien invasion, has a cowgirl vibe — making it the perfect place to find your Stagecoach or rodeo outfit. Retro Cowgirl sells western-style tops, including a bright pink shirt with white tassels and a brown one with a cactus design, as well as an array of hair clips with boot designs, fun cowgirl boots (one pink pair was adorned with big white hearts) and denim bustiers. The shop also offers flasks with cowgirls on them, T-shirts that say “Hey Cowboy,” succulents that come in a pink cowgirl boot planter and other lifestyle products.

By the register, there are mini rubber duckies that you can customize by picking the color of the bandanna wrapped around its neck and a cowboy hat, then place it on your car dashboard. Outside the store is a rack filled with even more clothes, including patterned dresses and bustier tops.
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